Air quality is key to the health of humans and ecosystems. The Environment Act (1995) requires borough and district councils to identify Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) where current or future air quality is unlikely to meet national air quality objectives, and to develop Air Quality Action Plans to tackle poor air quality in these areas.
A link to the current county Air Quality Strategy is included at the bottom of this page, however please note that we have recently consulted on a new Low Emissions Transport Strategy which we hope will replace the current Air Quality Strategy. The results of the consultation are currently being analysed. When the strategy is finalised and adopted into the Surrey Transport Plan, it will be uploaded to this page. We anticipate this process will be complete by the end of 2018.
Air Quality Management Areas in Surrey
There are 26 AQMAs in Surrey, and the main source of the pollutants in these areas is road traffic. These are listed together with their pollutants below.
- Walton High Street (NO2)
- Esher High Street (NO2)
- Weybridge High Street (NO2)
- Cobham High Street (NO2)
- Hinchley Wood (NO2)
- Walton Road, Molesey (NO2)
- Hampton Court (NO2)
Epsom and Ewell
- Ewell High Street (NO2)
- The Street, Compton (NO2)
Reigate and Banstead
- A217 near Blackhorse Lane (NO2)
- A2022 / 240 Drift Bridge (NO2)
- A23 Redhill Town Centre (NO2)
- A23 Merstham High Street (NO2)
- A23 Hooley (NO2)
- M25, Reigate and Banstead (NO2)
- A217 Reigate Hill (NO2)
- Reigate High Street / West Street (NO2)
- Horley (near Gatwick) (NO2)
- Addlestone Town Centre (NO2)
- M25 Runnymede (NO2)
- Spelthorne (NO2)
- Camberley (NO2 and PM10)
- Godalming (NO2)
- Farnham (NO2)
- Anchor Hill (NO2)
- A320 Guildford Road, Woking (NO2)
The County Council, as the highways authority for the county road network, has a statutory duty to work to bring forward proposals in these declared areas to help improve air quality.
The Air Quality Strategy (PDF) describes the statutory framework, the nature of the problem, and the County Council's aim, objectives and preferred strategy approach to addressing air quality.
Monitoring air quality
Monitoring air quality in the local area is carried out by the relevant district or borough council. Select from the links below to find out more about air quality in each district and borough.